Power Systems Engineering Research Center

S-72 Project Summary 

Attack-Resilient and Secure EMS: Design, Algorithms, Operational Protocols, and Evaluation

Summary The modern electric grid is a highly automated cyber-physical system (CPS) and is increasingly dependent on cyber-based automation systems for various monitoring, control, protection, and market functions. The DOE, DHS, and NERC have identified concerns that the grid is vulnerable to sophisticated coordinated cyber-attacks. This leads to the following fundamental question: can reasonably realistic (i.e., attackers with limited capabilities) cyber-attacks be modeled and tested on electric power system (EPS) simulation platforms to: (a) evaluate attack severity and consequences and (b) evaluate resiliency of energy management systems (EMSs) to such attacks? The goal of the proposed research is three-fold: (i) identify credible threats and develop attack-resilient control algorithms (countermeasures) that can be modularly integrated into energy management systems (EMSs); (ii) develop a realistic software-hardware simulation testbed comprised of EMS software platform (ASU) and a hardware SCADA system in conjunction with a power system simulator (ISU); and (iii) use the integrated software-hardware testbed to evaluate credible threats and countermeasures.
Academic Team Members Project Leader: Lalitha Sankar (Arizona State University, lsankar@asu.edu)
Team Members: Manimaran Govindarasu (Iowa State University, gmani@iastate.edu)
Oliver Kosut (Arizona State University, okosut@asu.edu)
Industry Team Members Reynaldo Nuqui (ABB), Jay Giri (ALSTOM), Sharon Xia (ALSTOM), Evangelos Farantatos (EPRI), Mahendra Patel (EPRI), Eugene Litvinov (ISO New England), Mark Westendorf (MISO), Benjamin Kropowski (NREL), Maurice Martin (NREL), Erfan Ibrahim (NREL), George Stefopoulos (NYPA), Harvey Scribner (SPP), Brandon Aguirre (Tri-State)
Project Period July 15, 2016 to August 31, 2018